Proper tree care is a mystery to some. Plant a tree and nature will take care of the rest, right? That may be true in some rural forests, but in your yard and in your community, trees need a special kind of care. Trees need to be protected from...people!
Trees in our neighborhood contribute to the quality of our lives, and make our communities more livable. Urban trees clean our air, cool and shade our homes, and increase the value and attractiveness of our community.
If your trees had the opportunity, would they move to your neighbor's yard? If so, here are some tips you need to know about how to make your own yard safe for trees. Learning about proper tree care can prevent you from becoming your tree's worst enemy.
The Hazard Tree Prevention Webpage is your place to view these new pages full of timely information to keep your trees healthy and avoid creating future hazards. This six step module will help you learn about how to keep your trees as an asset to your landscape.
We have also put together a pdf available detailing how to tell if your trees are becoming hazardous. Click here for more information about Hazard Tree Prevention.
Debunking the myths:
Topping is the senseless practice of indiscriminately removing a majority of a tree's branches.
Topping violates most commonly accepted methods of proper pruning; it is an assault on the health and beauty of your trees.
Five important facts to remember about tree topping: Don't let this happen to your trees!
Check out PlantAmnesty for more information on tree topping.
Here are six easy ways to have the best looking trees in your neighborhood:
Correct pruning is the best thing you can do for your tree.
The International Society of Arboriculture publishes a series of brochures on quality tree care as part of its Consumer Information Program. For further information contact: ISA, PO Box 3129, Champaign, IL 61826, USA.
The National Arbor Day Foundation publishes a series of Tree City USA Bulletins on a variety of tree care topics, including: Don't Top Trees, How to Hire an Arborist, Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place, How to Prune Young Trees and many more. To join, write NADF, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410.
And, be sure to check out our own general links page for additional resources and information.